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Posted July 30, 2013
I HAVE to read the rest of this series!!!
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I have to be honest, I got this book because first loved the cover and second, I thought the blurb could be good. Then before I started reading the book, I thought, “Oh man, I don’t really want to read this book.” I am SO glad I did. LUCK OF THE DRAW drew me in immediately and had me not wanting to put it down.
Rowan McKinley is from the small town of Shamrock Falls. She’s on the verge of fulfilling her dream of opening up Destiny Knocks, a Bed & Breakfast. She’s in Las Vegas attending a hospitality convention. She’s in her hotel’s bar because she’s lonely since one of her three older brothers doesn’t have time to see her.
In walks Breck Wilder, a professional poker player. Breck has sworn off of women, after getting his heartbroken by his former wife and having a crazy cat stealing ex-girlfriend. But Breck who is charm personified has no problem with a little harmless flirting.
After spending hours chatting it up and laughing, enjoying each other’s company, Rowan decides to call it night. Breck agrees and they decide to go to their own separate rooms, which happen to be on the same floor. Something comes over Rowan and she does something she’s never done before, sleep with an unknown man. Afterwards, Rowan sneaks out while Breck is asleep, never to see him again.
A month later, Breck, who happens to be an old college friend of Jace, one of Rowan’s closest friends shows up on the doorstep of the B&B, looking for a place to relax for a couple of weeks. Both are surprised, to say the least, at seeing each other again. Rowan is so surprised in fact, that she faints.
Insisting she sees a doctor, Breck convinces her to have her friends take her to the hospital for a check up. What happens next, throws Rowan for a loop she isn’t going to recover from anytime soon. I loved this story because you can feel the friendship between Rowan and her friends, Sidney and Kade (LUCKY BREAK) and Jace and Betsy (JUST MY LUCK). They’re all willing to welcome Breck into their circle, like he’s been there the whole time. After spending a month with Breck, Rowan realizes he’s everything she has ever wanted, but she’s afraid to tell him and not be loved enough by Breck in return. Tragedy strikes and misunderstandings mount, forcing Breck to question why he always falls in love with women who do nothing but hurt and deceive him.
Breck is a gambling man. He’s an extremely good poker player because he takes risks. However, in his personal life, he errs on the side of caution, so he doesn’t get hurt. In order to find his true love and happiness, Breck has to realize that when you keep secrets, you can’t get upset with someone else for doing the same thing, no matter what those secrets are.
I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series, featuring Jace and Betsy. They were such a cute uncouple in this book.
Posted March 16, 2013
What I liked: This was well-written, funny and romantic without
What I liked: This was well-written, funny and romantic without being over the top. A bit predictable as far as the ending but sometimes that's exactly what you want in a story! The characters are engaging - I loved Rowan's spunk and Breck is hilarious even if there were moments I wanted to smack him into next week. ;)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What left me wanting: I wanted to know if Rowan and Breck's intuition was right?! I'd be willing to bet we'll find out in the next installment in this series. ;)
Final verdict: Great addition to this series.
Posted February 18, 2013
I fell in love with Shamrock Falls in Lucky Break and was really
I fell in love with Shamrock Falls in Lucky Break and was really excited to go back there again while reading Luck of the Draw, especially when I found out it was Rowan's story. While in Las Vegas for a conference, Rowan is feeling kind of sorry for herself after her brother doesn't show up to spend time with her. While sitting at the bar, Breck Wilder enters the scene, introducing himself as "Wilder." Rowan immediately shoots him down, which is something Breck isn't used to, but that doesn't deter him one bit, especially since flirting is kind of a second nature to him. They end up laughing and having a great time together. One thing leads to another and they have a wild night of passion together. Rowan sneaks off before Breck wakes up, and heads back home to Sharmock Falls to her Bed and Breakfast. When her friend Jace arranges for one of his college buddies to stay there for 6 weeks, Rowan is elated to have a guest, that is until she opens the door and sees Breck standing there. She is so shocked she passes out, resulting in a visit to the hospital. The next six weeks prove to be one of the most interesting, enlightening, aggravating, enjoyable, and heartbreaking times in both Breck and Rowan's life. The question is, what happens when it's over and all is said and done?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Kelley Vitollo has written yet another fabulous romance. I loved Luck of the Draw, and I especially loved getting to know Rowan and Breck. We first met Rowan in Lucky Break. She is Kade and Sidney's best friend, who we also get to see in this installment, which I really enjoyed. I loved Rowan. She is independent, fun loving, and has a fiery temper, but she is also very vulnerable, though she tries to hide it. Breck is just awesome, and sometimes a little aggravating, but that just adds to his charm. He's totally hot, cocky, has a great since of humor, a killer smile, and is the life of the party. Breck is a professional poker player and has a history with the ladies, but never gets serious with them because he was burned so badly by someone he loved a long time ago, a fact that he doesn't share with anyone. He makes it clear he isn't interested in a relationship or settling down, but the more time he spends around Rowan, the more the lines begin to blur. Rowan is really attracted to Breck, but she is determined to keep her distance emotionally and not let him get too close, especially since he has made it clear he's not interested in a serious relationship, but no matter how hard she tries, the heart wants what the heart wants.
I loved watching Rowan and Breck's relationship develop as they skate around their feelings, but unable to deny the sparks they feel when they're around each other. When Rowan loses someone she loves, her walls come down and they finally give into their feelings for one another. Rowan has a big secret she has been keeping from Breck, and is planning to finally tell him, only he finds out about it before she is able to. Breck also has a secret he's kept from Rowan. Hurt and heartache drive them apart, but will their love be enough to bring them back together again?
I was sucked in from the beginning until the end of this story, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot was great, I loved all the characters, and the romance was fabulous. If you are a contemporary romance lover, then Luck of the Draw is one book you should definitely check out.
Posted February 15, 2013
Posted January 18, 2013
When I read book one in the Shamrock Falls series, Lucky Break,
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When I read book one in the Shamrock Falls series, Lucky Break, I was not only charmed by the main characters Kade and Sidney, but also their best friend Rowan. Rowan was a great friend, supportive and not afraid to tell it like it is. But I could also see glimpses of a sad girl behind the funny lines. Luck of the Draw is her story.
But it's also Breck Wilder's story. And right here I have to stop and say, what a great name! Especially given that Breck is a professional poker player, which I love about him. Breck was a sexy character, but what made me adore him was his hidden vulnerability, his wit and his charm. I swear he could charm his way off the pages!
When Breck and Rowan come together, their chemistry is sweet and sexy. And funny. I love couples(even those who don't realize they're a couple yet) who can laugh together. While Breck and Rowan have fun, there is also a lot of emotional turmoil going on for them individually. And the biggest wrench in the maybe-budding relationship? It's a doozy. Anything else I say would be a spoiler. It was a nice twist by Vitollo.
I've come to adore the Shamrock Falls series. The characters and town are charming. The stories have an emotional impact, yet are fun. I'm so excited to get ahold of book three, about Jace. If you want a quick read that will leave you with a happy smile, give it a try.
Posted January 21, 2013
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